- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
The Lake’s Apprentice
How do we describe a place? Annamaria Weldon offers an intimate portrait of the chain of lakes on Australia’s south-west coast. An area that stands in as a case study of Yalgorup National Park.
The Lake’s Apprentice contains a suite of poems alongside celebrated essays and nature notes cognisant of current environmental research. It is also illustrated throughout with colour photographs depicting the lakes and their flora and fauna.
This elegant testimony collapses time, evoking the long past of the local Aboriginal peoples’ (the Bindjareb Noongar people) relationship to the wetlands, and thinks through to a resilient future.
It contains the nature essay, ‘Threshold Country’, that won Annamaria Weldon the inaugural Nature Essay Prize by the Nature Conservancy in 2011.
Praise for The Lake's Apprentice:
This kind of writing – the fruit of real contemplation, informed by a wide range of ideas, respectful of the reader’s intellect and imagination, driven by an empirical sensibility – is, for me, where the best ‘nature writing’ is to be found.BARRY LOPEZ
This is an act of pilgrimage in writing: Annamaria Weldon seeks, and finds; she advances with tact and attention, she gives her readers the gift of seeing landscape with new eyes.NICOLAS ROTHWELL
... arresting ... The best of the poems seem to almost lift off the page like the birds they describe ... The Lake's Apprentice is an assembly of texts held together by a potent spirit of place.JANE GOODALL, AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW